Monday, February 4, 2013

Help! My Toddler Won't Eat Veggies- Veggie Muffins for Kids who don't like vegetables

Grace does not like veggies. At all. When I make something with veggies in it, she eats around them. She's great about eating everything else, but the other night when I made pot roast, she pushed all of the carrots, onions and potatoes to the side and only ate the roast. If I try to sneak corn into a quesadilla or grilled cheese, she'll take one bite and refuse to eat any more. I don't know why I'm surprised, I was the same way at her age and my mom had to give me vitamins to try to get enough nutrition in me. She eventually had to grind them up and hide them in vanilla pudding to get me to eat them, but of course I noticed and refused to eat my pudding. She swears to this day the vitamins had no taste, but I specifically remember that my pudding tasted gross after she put them in there. I admit, I'm still not very good at eating veggies but I do try. And it is my goal to make sure that my kids are not as picky as I am. I really want them to eat all sorts of food and to eat healthy now so they don't develop bad eating habits.

On my mission to get her to eat healthier, I decided to make one of her favorite things, muffins, filled with healthy stuff. 

Snacks for picky kids

Recipe adapted from Super Healthy Kids

Fruit and Veggie Muffins for Picky Eaters


Dry Ingredients: 
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour (substitute 1 cup of all-purpose flour if you do not have whole wheat)
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Wet Ingredients:
3/4 cup sugar
4 tbsp unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup apple juice (water can be substituted if necessary)
1/2 cup (8 fl oz) plain or vanilla yogurt

Fruit and Veggie puree: You can use any combination of fruits and veggies that you want. You will need a total of 2 1/2 cups of puree. This is what I use and it makes almost exactly the correct amount. 
1 carrot (or about 8 baby carrots)
1/2 cup steamed broccoli
1 zucchini
1 small apple
1 banana
1/4 cup applesauce

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare your muffin pan by using a generous amount of non stick spray on the baking cups. 
  2. Mix together dry ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Mix the sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla in a mixer. Beat well
  4. Combine produce and apple sauce in a food processor and pulse until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Add 2 1/2 cups of the puree, the apple juice, and the yogurt into the butter mixture and beat until mixed.
  6. Finally, add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined and wet.
  7. Scoop the mixture into a prepared muffin pan. 
  8. Bake them in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes for regular size muffins, and 350 for 20 minutes for mini-muffins. Bake until the tops are slightly brown and a toothpick comes out clean or they bounce back when you touch them with your finger.
They should be fine stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days but I highly recommend freezing them and then pulling out just a few at a time. Put them in a freezer-safe bag and freeze for up to 3 months. 

Yields: 36 Mini-Muffins or 20-24 regular-size muffins (You can make regular size muffins, but they turn out better as mini-muffins because they are smaller and take less time to bake)

I was worried that they would have a very strong veggie taste, but I was wrong. They taste like apple cinnamon muffins. I was able to make 4 dozen mini muffins with this recipe and I froze most of them. The only trouble I have is that they are really sticking to the liners. I think next time I will use some non-stick spray on the liners before putting the batter in.

Both Grace and I have enjoyed eating them as a snack and I'm happier knowing that we are eating our veggies!

Veggie packed muffins for kids who won't eat vegetables

Does your toddler eat veggies? I'd love to hear any tips you have about getting kids to eat healthy!

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  1. I am going to make these today. Or tomorrow. Or sometime this week. :p

    It may turn into an interesting experiment since I'll have to sub the butter, eggs, and yogurt if I want to try them. HA!

  2. My kids hate veggies too. My son didn't eat a vegetable for over 6 months straight when he was a toddler (he actually didn't eat much of anything during that time period and lost weight until we started giving him Pediasure). I put mashed veggies or a jar of baby food veggies into pancakes, muffins, etc. and the kids love them! I also give my kids baby food pouches for snacks which they love :)

  3. I'm making these this weekend! Mackenzie is going through a no veggie phase. She won't even eat her favorite, broccoli!

  4. This looks like a good way to get the good stuff in them under the radar! What they don't know will make them healthier! Granny of 6.

  5. I made this and at first I didn't think my 1 year old would like them. Then he ate 7 min-muffins in a row! I was shocked. I froze some. The ones I didn't freeze, were "off" the next day, he wouldn't eat them.Thanks for the recipe!

  6. ❤️! I'm making this for my son!



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